Trace McSorley accounted for 258 total yards and three touchdowns and Penn State overcame an early deficit with 35 unanswered points to beat the Scarlet Knights 35-6.
Penn State improved to 8-2 on the season and snapped a two-game losing streak. Barkley capped the drive with a 4-yard run.
Worst pass: Rutgers quarterback Giovanni Rescigno overshot Hunter Hayek, who was open deep over the middle in the fourth quarter.
Rutgers had a critical 17-2 run in the second half, and the Scarlet Knights outlasted pesky Central Connecticut State 71-67 on Sunday at Louis Brown Athletic Center in Piscataway, N.J. Barkley scored two plays later. Best blocks: Penn State left tackle Will Fries and left guard Steven Gonzalez opened big holes on Barkley's touchdown runs of 1 and 4 yards in the fourth quarter.
Best pass: McSorley zinged a 22-yard slant pass to Hamilton for a touchdown with 1:13 left in the second quarter, extending the PSU lead to 14-6.
The play finally gave Barkley some free space past the line of scrimmage. In the second half, Penn State took control of the game and ended it with a 35-6 victory. Worst call: Rutgers coach Chris Ash made a decision to run out the final 1:13 of the first half rather than have quarterback Giovanni Rescigno attempt a deep pass. Best run: McSorley faked a handoff to Barkley, broke a couple of tackles and ran for a 20-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Coach James Franklin said Bowen was suspended for a violation of team rules.
Catch it, will ya: Rutgers opened the game with a pooch kick that Justin Davidovicz had check up at the Lions' 21. The Lions finally woke up on offense, leading 14-6 at halftime.
The Blue Devils, who lost to Rutgers 79-37 a year ago, refused to go away this time.
Rutgers can't throw the ball.